This is a unique hike in that it offers a variety of loop options. I will discuss
what I call the long loop or Burroughs Mountain loop via Frozen Lake.
The elevation and proximity to Mt. Rainier results in a lot of snow on the trail
even as late as mid-July. Therefore, you are likely to enjoy this adventure more
if you wait until late July or early August when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
This hike is presented as a clockwise loop and begins near the middle south part of the parking
lot at the Sunrise Visitor center.
The map as well as my description of the hike will be leaving Sunrise VC and following
the Sunrise Rim Trail to Shadow Lake and then on to the saddle between the first and second
In mid to late July, the wildflowers really add to the beauty of this hike, but nothing
adds as much as a clear day so you can view all of Mt. Rainier in its magnificence. As
the trail leaves the Shadow Lake area and begins to climb along the south side of the
first Burroughs Mountain, there can be snow on the trail even into August. So be very
careful to avoid sliding down the rocky slope below the trail.
This particular loop hike offers a fantastic variety of vistas, flowers, and an occasional
mountain goat for your viewing pleasure.
In the fall, up until the snow falls and the road is closed, this is a very worthwhile
Mt. Rainier from the Sunrise Rim
trail to Shadow Lake